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Co-op Group rolls out local sourcing programme across UK

19 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Co-operative Group has revealed a major rollout of its local sourcing programme following the success of a pilot scheme in Yorkshire.

Simply Food

New M&S Simply Food stores performing 'above expectations'

11 Jul 2017

Mark and Spencer has announced a 4.5% increase in first quarter food sales and a 0.1% dip in like for likes, with new Simply Food stores performing “ahead of expectations”.

Tesco CEO Matt Davies raises concerns over potential “lethal” effects of inflation on consumers

Tesco posts 2.7% rise in like-for-like UK food sales

16 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Tesco has announced a 2.7% increase in like-for-like UK food sales in its first quarter trading results.


Tesco removes 5p plastic bags in three-store trial

25 May 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Tesco has removed single use carrier bags from three stores as part of a 10-week trial.


Co-op commits to British and ethical products

24 May 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Co-operative Group’s members committed the convenience store giant to a raft of ethical, environmental, social and business initiatives at its annual general meeting in Manchester, last weekend.

M&S Ludgate

M&S upgrades Simply Food store opening ambitions

24 May 2017 | By Andrew Don

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has upgraded the opening target for its food stores as it concentrates on convenience as part of its “strategic focus”.


Co-op launches franchise pilot with forecourt operator MRH

17 May 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Co-op Group has broken with 170 years of tradition by launching itself into franchising.


Scotmid opens revamped Gorebridge store

15 May 2017 | By Andrew Don

Scotmid Co-operative has reopened its Hunterfield Road store, in Gorebridge, after the community convenience store underwent a total transformation.

One Stop

One Stop Franchise reports 7% like-for-like sales growth

11 May 2017 | By Andrew Don

One Stop’s franchise model has proved its worth with the news that franchisees experienced an average growth in like-for-like sales of 7% and margin growth of 5% during the past financial year.

Sainsbury’s like for like sales continue to slip

Sainsbury's reports strong annual growth in convenience

03 May 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Sainsbury’s has reported a sales increase of more than 6% in its convenience estate in its preliminary annual results, as it grew the number of Local stores by 41 to 605 over the year.

Co-op Qourn

Central England Co-op invests in store openings

02 May 2017 | By Andrew Don

The UK’s largest independent co-operative, Central England Co-op, will open three new convenience stores and three refits in a single day at the end of the month.


Co-op targets Wales with 12 new c-stores and refits

26 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Co-op has announced a £16m programme of food store openings and refits in Wales this year.

Combe Martin

Central Convenience Stores continues to expand

20 Apr 2017

Central Convenience Stores has acquired its 116th store after snapping up a forecourt site in North Devon.


P&H signs three-year supply contract with Tesco

03 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Palmer and Harvey (P&H) had extended its distribution contract with Tesco by three years, amid refinancing talks with tobacco manufacturers.

Tesco and Unilever enters price dispute

Tesco fined £129m for false accounting practices

28 Mar 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Tesco has been fined £129m by the Serious Fraud Office over false accounting practices between February and September 2014.

99p Store

Discount chain 99p Stores enters administration

27 Mar 2017 | By Robin Mannering

High street discount chain 99p Stores has entered administration less than two years after being bought by Poundland.

Applegreen forecourt with Subway

Irish forecourt group Applegreen continues UK expansion

16 Mar 2017 | By Andrew Don

Republic of Ireland petrol forecourt retailer Applegreen is continuing to grow its presence in the UK.


Sainsbury's posts 7% rise in Q4 convenience sales

16 Mar 2017 | By Andrew Don

Sainsbury’s convenience business delivered total sales growth of nearly 7% in the fourth quarter, when the group opened 10 Sainsbury’s Locals, the retail giant has reported.


Morrisons opts to roll out c-store offer with Rontec forecourts

09 Mar 2017 | By Andrew Don

Morrisons and Motor Fuel Group (MFG) have ditched their convenience store trial, and the supermarket group has instead opted to roll out Morrisons Daily with Gerald Ronson’s Rontec group of forecourts.

Aldi becomes the UK’s fifth largest grocer

Aldi and Lidl hit record grocery market share

07 Mar 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Discounters Aldi and Lidl now account for more than 12% of UK grocery sales for the first time, according to new Nielsen data.

McColl’s announce like-for-like sales fall

McColl's posts 1.9% decline in like-for-like annual sales

27 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

McColl’s Retail Group has announced a 1.9% decline in like-for-like sales for the year to 27 November 2016, with its premium stores performing better than its standard convenience stores.

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Britvic webinar

Understanding the soft drinks levy

30 Jun 2017

What is the soft drinks industry levy or so-called “sugar tax”, and what does it mean for your business?